D'Amato: 40-50% 50-60% 60-70%Holtzman: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
|Elections in New York State|
The 1980 United States Senate election in New York was held on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jacob Javits was defeated in the primary, and Republican Al D'Amato won the three-way election. It is speculated by some that Elizabeth Holtzman would have won the election had Javits not run after his defeat in the Republican primary.
|Republican||Jacob Javits (incumbent)||257,433||44.32%|
The Democratic field included four major candidates. Despite receiving the support of Governor Hugh Carey, Bess Myerson lost the Democratic primary to Elizabeth Holtzman.
During the campaign, Holtzman boasted that she was "never been hand-picked by the bosses. I have never been hand-picked by anyone.", in a thinly-veiled dig to her opponents. Holtzman touted her support for women's rights, having secured an extension for the Equal Rights Amendment's 1979 ratification.
|Democratic||John J. Santucci||36,770||11.96%|
Javits's refusal to adjust politically to the rightward movement of his party, as well as his 1979 diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), led to a primary challenge. Javits was defeated in the primary by Hempstead Presiding Supervisor Al D'Amato on September 9.
D'Amato, also running on the Conservative line, proceeded to defeat Democratic U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman and Javits, who ran on the Liberal Party ticket. In the traditionally liberal state of New York, Javits split the Democratic vote with Holtzman, to give D'Amato a close victory.
|Right to Life||Al D'Amato||152,470||2.53%||N/A|
|Liberal||Jacob Javits (incumbent)||664,544||11.05%|
|Communist||William R. Scott||4,161||0.07%||0.01|
|Workers World||Thomas Soto||3,643||0.06%|
|Socialist Workers||Victor A. Nieto||2,715||0.05%||0.10|